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Gian Marco Javier Zignago Alcóver (born in Lima, Peru on August 17, 1970) is a Peruvian singer-songwriter. He has won the Latin Grammy Award to the Best Singer-Songwriter Album three times. First in 2005 for his Album "Resucitar", in 2011 for his Album "Días Nuevos", and in 2012 for his Album "20 Años". Gian Marco was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Peru. His mother is the well-known Peruvian actress and singer María Regina Alcóver Ureta, and his father was the late Peruvian composer and singer Javier Óscar Florencio Zignago Viñas, known in the musical world as Joe Danova.

Biography:

Childhood Beginnings:
Gian Marco was born in Lima, Peru on August 17, 1970. His mother is the Peruvian actress and singer María Regina Alcóver Ureta, and his father the Peruvian composer and singer Javier Óscar Florencio Zignago Viñas, best known as Joe Danova. As the son of artists, Gian Marco was introduced to music at very early age. The art surrounded him during his childhood. Gian Marco grew up listening to the songs of his father, and watching his mother perform in theater.
He used to travel with his parents and learned to love the life style of an artist. At age 12, Gian Marco sings for the first time on television in the Argentinean TV show "Domingos Gigantes" (Giant Sundays), broadcast by Channel 9 in Buenos Aires under the direction of Orlando Marconi. A year later, Gian Marco sings in Caracas in the TV show "La Revista de los Sábados" (The Saturday's Magazine) impressing viewers that enjoyed a thirteen year old child singing a popular song titled "Eva Maria". At the age of six recorded a 45 rpm together with his father entitled "Navidad Es" (Christmas Is).
Gian Marco attended elementary school, middle school, and High school at the Colegio Santa Margarita located in Monterrico, a middle-class neighborhood located in the district of Santiago de Surco, Lima. He played the guitar and sang in all school activities. In 1981, at age 11, Gian Marco recorded a song for the musical "Papito Piernas Largas" (Daddy Long Legs). His mother also participated in this play. During his youth, Gian Marco participated in a series of artistic events, singing and acting, developing his talents and preparing for what would become a successful career. After finishing school, at the age of 18, Gian Marco traveled to the Santiago de Chile to pursue a graphic design career. Although everything seemed to go well, Gian Marco needed his music to survive. He decided to prove his art by singing in the most concurred pubs in Santiago and Viña del Mar where his name began to be recognized.

First album:
A year and a half later he returned to Lima and one of his songs classified for the Peruvian version of the Festival OTI 1989. He managed to capture the attention of the press, being the most publicized artist at the event. It was there that Discos Independientes proposed recording his first album. At the beginning of 1990 his first production hit the national record market with the title Gian Marco, under the musical direction of Pepe Ortega.
In 1992 he recorded his second long play production with the title, Personal, produced in Santiago, Chile by Pepe Ortega. From this recording the songs Te Extrañaré (I will miss you) and Dame un Beso (Give Me a Kiss) made the charts that year.
In September 1993 he won first place in the national version of the Festival OTI, and gained the right to represent Perú in the XXII edition of the International Festival OTI with his song Volvamos a Empezar (Let's Start Over). The International Festival took place in Valencia, Spain.

Television and national recognition:
In the mid to late 1990s he came back with other successful productions. He began to dedicate himself to composing songs, and he was called to conduct one of the most popular game shows, Campaneando, together with Bruno Pinasco. Conducting this program was crucial in gaining the recognition of the wider Peruvian public.
His television appearance combined with a prolific period of musical activity. He composed and recorded the discs, Entre la arena y la luna' (Between the Sand and the Moon) (1994), Señora, cuénteme (Lady, Tell Me) (1994) and Al quinto día (On the Fifth Day) (1997). His fourth album, Señora, cuénteme, is a tribute to canción criolla in which he affirms with his music the appreciation that he has for the feeling of native peoples like those in Perú.

International success:
Inspired by his own dreams and a blind faith in his talent, Gian Marco decided to travel to the United States, convinced that he needed to introduce his artistic talent to the international market. He got the attention of Emilio Estefan who contracted him as a composer and performer. He worked with Estefan on a couple tracks for Mandy Moore's self-titled album. This did not stop him from working on his own material, and he published A tiempo (On Time) (2002) under the seal of Crescent Moon / Sony.
This last disc was heard on the most significant radio stations in the world, and sold more than 50,000 copies in Spain and thousands more around the world. The album supplied him with 3 nominations to the Latin Grammys and confirmed him as the most significant Peruvian sing-songwriter of recent times.
In that same year, Gian Marco recorded the theme song for the Americas Cup (Soccer) that would be played in Perú in 2004. The song, entitled, Más allá de los sueños (Beyond Dreams), became a resounding success.
In 2003 he received the Artista Revelación Latino (Emmerging Latin Artist) prize in the Musical Arts Awards of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores de España (SGAE) (Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors).
Later came the album Resucitar (Resurrection) (2004), a much more organic album that, as he says, doesn't sing as much about lost love as the previous one, it's a more positive album. This disc had unbelievable success, which brought him a Latin Grammy in 2005. Several singles sprang from this album: Resucitar (Resurrection), Sin querer (By Accident), Gota de lluvia (A Drop of Rain), Después de mi (After Me), Lejos de ti (Far from You), and Soy (I Am).

15 years of career:
On 2005 Gian Marco made a great show for his 15 year career, which was held at the Estadio Monumental de Perú and had more than 40,000 spectators. Several guests including Regina Alcover (his mother), Mauricio y palo de agua, Pelo Madueño y Antonio Cartagena, among others, clothed in this emotional Gianmarco concert. The concert ended with a magnificent rendition ofHoy(Today), which ended with a mix of huaynos and recognition of the great Peruvian singer.
On 2006 publishes an album called Grandes Éxitos(Greatest Hits), with Phantom records, only in Peruvian territory. This album focuses at Gian Marco's fifth album Al Quinto Día(The Fifth Day), and also highlight the best songs of his other works.
Also that year, he recorded the song for the animated film Dragones: Destino de fuego (Dragons: Destiny of Fire), where is the interpreter of the same soundtrack, also titled "Destino de fuego".
On November 17, 2006 Gian Marco launches "8", which is his latest studio material. This album contains 10 unreleased tracks and features the first single in Peruvian territory a song titled No te avisa (It Doesn't Warn You). In Colombia and the rest of the world, the first single is ¿Qué Pasa? (What's Up?), a song in which Gian Marco foray into the rap and gives its followers a somewhat different sound than they normally are used to hear.

Actuality:
Gradually, the singer has been making public the Latin American market as a composer, and also has written songs for Marc Anthony (Este Loco Que Te Mira, Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo, Caminaré), Pandora (Mientras Tanto), Jon Secada (Amanecer, Si No Fuera Por Ti), Jaci Velasquez (Bendito Amor), Obie Bermúdez (Me Cansé De Ti, El Recuerdo), Emmanuel (En Otra Vida), Alejandro Fernández (Canta Corazón, Tengo Ganas, Dame Un Minuto), or Gloria Estefan (Hoy, Tu Fotografía, Mientras Tanto), Luis Enrique (Parte de este juego), among others.
Gianmarco has been important brand image as Pepsi, Inca Kola, currently one of the leading companies in mobile telephony in Peru Claro. Is recognized as one of the best songwriter in Peruvian history.
20 Years. This CD was made for celebrate 20 years of artistic life. There are 20 songs, 18 of which are old but recorded again, with one shift and two unreleased songs "Invisible" and "In another Life". The song "Invisible" was composed by Gian Marco and Amaury Gutierrez.

Awards and nominations:
Year
Album Nominated
Award
Category
Outcome
2002
A Tiempo
Latin Grammy Award
Best Male Pop Vocal Album
Nominated
Best New Artist
Nominated
Record of the Year
Nominated
2004
Hoy
Latin Grammy Award
Best Tropical Song
Nominated
2005
Resucitar
Latin Grammy Award
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
Won
2008
Desde Adentro
Latin Grammy Award
Mejor Best Male Pop Vocal Album
Nominated
Song of the Year
Nominated
2008
Gian Marco
Premios APDAYC
Best Pop Rock Artist of the Year
Nominated
2009
Gian Marco en Vivo desde el Lunario
Latin Grammy Award
Best Long Form Music Video
Nominated
2011
Días Nuevos
Latin Grammy Award
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
Won
2012
20 Años
Latin Grammy Award
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
Won
2012
Invisible
Latin Grammy Award
Song of the Year
Nominated
2013
Versiones
Latin Grammy Award
Album of the Year
Nominated
2013
Lo Mejor Que Hay En Mi Vida
Latin Grammy Award
Album of the Year (as recording engineer)
Nominated


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